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Problem-Based Learning in the Life Science Classroom, K–12

by: Tom McConnell, Joyce Parker, and Janet Eberhardt

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Problem-Based Learning in the Life Science Classroom, K–12 offers a great new way to ignite your creativity. Authors Tom McConnell, Joyce Parker, and Janet Eberhardt show you how to engage students with scenarios that represent real-world science in all its messy, thought-provoking glory. The scenarios prompt K–12 learners to immerse themselves in analyzing problems, asking questions, posing hypotheses, finding needed information, and then constructing a proposed solution.

In addition to complete lesson plans supporting the Next Generation Science Standards, the book offers extensive examples, instructions, and tips. The lessons cover four categories: life cycles, ecology, genetics, and cellular metabolism.

But Problem-Based Learning in the Life Science Classroom, K–12 doesn’t just explain why, how, and when to implement problem-based learning (PBL). It also provides you with what many think is the trickiest part of the approach: rich, authentic problems. The authors facilitated the National Science Foundation–funded PBL Project for Teachers and used the problems in their own science teaching, so you can be confident that the problems and the approach are teacher tested and approved.

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Grade Levels

Elementary High School Middle School


Assessment Biology Curriculum Instructional Materials Lesson Plans Life Science Pre-K Teaching Strategies Three-Dimensional Learning


Type NSTA Press BookPub Date 7/1/2016Pages 254ISBN 978-1-941316207Stock # PB408X2

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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